Operation Paperclip

Operation Paperclip

The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America

Book - 2014
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The explosive story of America's secret post-WWII science programs, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51 .

In the chaos following World War II, the U.S. government faced many difficult decisions, including what to do with the Third Reich's scientific minds. These were the brains behind the Nazis' once-indomitable war machine. So began Operation Paperclip, a decades-long, covert project to bring Hitler's scientists and their families to the United States.

Many of these men were accused of war crimes, and others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was convicted of mass murder and slavery. They were also directly responsible for major advances in rocketry, medical treatments, and the U.S. space program. Was Operation Paperclip a moral outrage, or did it help America win the Cold War?

Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including previously unseen papers made available by direct descendants of the Third Reich's ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and dossiers discovered in government archives and at Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into a startling, complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secret of the twentieth century.

In this definitive, controversial look at one of America's most strategic, and disturbing, government programs, Jacobsen shows just how dark government can get in the name of national security.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316221047
Characteristics: xii, 575 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 25 cm


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Oct 24, 2019

Far too many negative reviews of this book IMO. I thought the author did a very good job with all the research it took to bring this book to fruition. It's challenging at times to follow all the characters as there's so many but it would be great if every American would be taught about this and least required to read a synopsis about it cause it's really ridiculous how this country allowed so many evil, wicked, immoral murderers into this country just to advance us into wasting more of the taxpayers money, e.g. NASA, the far-too-expensive military indu$trial complex, and ways to poison and kill so-called enemies.

Making tens of thousands of poisonous gasses then decided later to destroy it. What a joke! If we hadn't started recruiting these evil doers then the Russians would not have done so, but even if they did it would've been cheaper just to pay assassins to whack these clowns. And we have awards for some of these men. What a legacy, we should be revolting in the streets!!!

Jun 04, 2019

" ' GRU, abbreviation of Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoye Upravlenie.' " " ' Reinhard Gehlen's official title was chief of intelligence collection, Foreign Armies East ( Fremde Heere Ost.).' " " ' John J. McCloy: Lawyer, banker, politician, and presidential advisor, as chairman of the State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee, he played a crucial role in the earliest days of the Nazi scientist program. As U.S. high commissioner in Germany, he championed Accelerated Paperclip, also known as Project 63,and granted clemency to many Nazi war criminals convicted at Nuremberg. ' "

Sep 30, 2017

Stomach-churning. We could have extracted the information we needed from them and then tried them for war-crimes. Then again--did we really need them? We had "proof-of-concept"
of their futuristic technologies. We could have figured out everything ourselves.

Lord_Vad3r Jul 07, 2016

One thing I know for certain is that Indiana Jones did not spend all of that time fighting the nazis, throwing them out dirigibles, and melting their faces off just so that our government could bring them over here and use them to give ourselves a Cold War advantage.

The organization of the information in this book seems to jump around a little too much. This makes it hard to follow the timeline for each of the individuals discussed. Also, there seem to be numerous diversions where the focus shifts to another historical personage related to the story line but not necessarily impacting it. These passages add to the distraction.

As the Allies began to push further and further into German-controlled territory, it became clear that the Germans were much more technologically advanced. The only exception being with respect to atomic power. As the Allies closed in on Berlin, the nazis began scrambling around trying to destroy evidence, hide things they deemed valuable, and sought the bargaining chips that would spare their lives. The US, England, Russia, and France all seemingly arranged special military teams with two goals: identifying what the nazis were working on and identifying who the key scientists were.

When WWII ended it seems that the US and Soviet Russia moved right into the Cold War. It wasn’t long before certain factions within the military industrial complex and the intelligence communities were advocating that the US better find and employ the best of these scientists before the communists did.

Would we have gone straight to war with the USSR after the end of WWII? Who knows. Was Russia as active in recruiting nazi brainpower as we apparently were? I don’t know enough about the subject to say. Perhaps somebody with a greater knowledge of Russian politics can contribute to this review and let us know. According to Jacobsen, the good old US recruited and hired some 1,600 nazi scientists and technicians. The government whitewashed these men’s war records and brought them over to the US to live and work among us. And if they couldn’t make them appear squeaky clean then they would put them under contract at US bases in Europe. A number of these men ran labor camps and factories where thousands were worked to death. There were doctors who purposefully gave people gangrene or bubonic plague. They froze people to see if they could resurrect them. I’m not saying that all of them were bad but there were several that should have been hanged of given significant prison time.

The US, the Soviets, and the Germans were all concerned with what is called ABC warfare (which stands for Atomic-Biological-Chemical). This is the stuff that should keep us all up at night. In the back of my mind I know that this stuff exists and that there are specialized groups within every major government dedicated solely to figuring out how to spread disease among the enemy’s livestock or how to develop a nerve agent capable of killing someone in 10 minutes through skin contact. Maybe we really do carry the seeds of our own destruction. It won’t be an asteroid that takes humanity out. It’ll be some pathogen we created in a lab.

I first heard about Operation Paperclip on the X Files and now kind of wish I had a time machine so I could send Fox Mulder back in time to finish those nazis before they ever built the V2. As for the book it was okay. But it’s impact will not extend far beyond raising your general paranoia level and making you generally angry.

Atticus14 Aug 12, 2014

This book sheds light on a subject that is shameful to the United States. Nazis who committed horrible crimes against humanity were set free if they were scientists with knowledge we wanted to further our country in war and in rocket science. I guess as long as you have a sought after talent then it's ok to assist in the commission of genocide....

Feb 19, 2014

And also the Japanese scientists who were on their way to America via Hawaii when Pearl Harbors bomb attacks began. The US would not have reacted so harshly [bombing women and children] if they didn't have something or someone worth alot more than the expense of our dignity [not that America isn't a murdering pile of discarded thugs in the first place] This is the dumping ground, not Australia. Before the atrocities of WWII in Nazi Germany, they happened first in America [1890, wounded knee's mass grave was prior to WWII and the people were innocent, as much as the jewish people who were persecuted, possibly because of their darker color ethnicity.] For all of the WMD's in the world, the only people who ever have, or ever will misuse them, is America. This leaves all of the remainder wishing something major would happen. :\ Maybe this book will shed some light on this subject. StarGladiator, she might have been being misled when she was doing research, as there is an awful lot to protect, including secrets and possibilities. But I ask you America, why the goody two shoes cover up act, when you can just slaughter people and be much more blatant about it? I mean, golly darn it. gee wiz.

Feb 16, 2014

Jacobsen really does shoddy or sloppy research, which compounds the amount of misinformation out there! Just several items: she soft peddles on the heinous monsters John J. McCloy pardoned and transported to America, which really bothered me, as we're talking about some truly monstrous butchers! Also, Jacobsen repeats the official fictional story by the CIA of Frank Olson's death - - inexcusable! Independent witnesses in London corroborated that several days prior to Olson's death he witnessed a horrible experiment on a young British soldier, not a volunteer, who had been ordered to take part in an experiment involving a " treatment for the common cold " where they administered Sarin topically to him, and he died a painful death hours later. (Years later, a British government investigation would verify this and award a large sum of money to his surviving family.) After witnessing this, Olson flew back to America, where he submitted his resignation. He wasn't administered LSD and jumped out of any window (his skull was bashed in and he was thrown out)! His son exhumed his body years later and the pathologist ruled murder! PERIOD! Jacobsen is a loser when it comes to the facts, just as she completely messed up her previous book with the nonsense ending of the Roswell incident - - absolutely and outrageously false! Don't have time to waste to invalidate everything she wrote, hopeful there's something factual? Jacobsen mentions that CIA doctors were on the staff of the former Chestnut Lodge sanitarium once located in Rockville Maryland - - the CIA had an entire wing of that sanitarium for their MK ULTRA program: a newspaper report verified an accident at the sanitarium's entrance, back in the 1970s, between CIA director Richard Helms and another vehicle. Helms claimed he was seeing a psychoanalyst there, when in actuality he was destroying their files before his upcoming testimony before congress! As an author, or as a reporter, I wouldn't trust anything Jacobsen writes!


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Jul 08, 2014

once the Rhine River was crossed, the hunt for Nazi science became a free-for-all.

Jul 08, 2014

As Nazi Germany blended industry, war making, and genocide, few corporations were as central a player as IG Farber.


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